Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions - 11/18/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Carolina Panthers (6-3) at Detroit Lions (3-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Detroit Lions +4.5 -- Over/Under: 49.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions meet Sunday in NFL action at Ford Field.
The Carolina Panthers look to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season to stay in the playoff race. The Carolina Panthers have lost three of their last four road games. Cam Newton is completing 68.5 percent of his passes for 2,086 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. Newton has two or more touchdown passes in each of his last eight games. Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey have combined for 916 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while DJ Moore has 23 receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 138.4 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 579 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 25.8 points and 357.2 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Carolina Panthers with 72 tackles, Mario Addison has 7.5 sacks and Donte Jackson has four interceptions.
The Detroit Lions need to snap a three-game losing streak here to have any shot at saving their season. The Detroit Lions have split their last four home games. Matthew Stafford is completing 66.8 percent of his passes for 2,385 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Stafford has three or more touchdown passes in seven of his last eight games. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. have combined for 1,109 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Theo Riddick has 36 receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 101.1 yards per contest, and Kerryon Johnson leads the way with 554 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 27.1 points and 362.1 yards per game. Jarrad Davis leads the Detroit Lions with 57 tackles, Devon Kennard has five sacks and Darius Slay has two interceptions.
The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in November, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf. The Lions are 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games in Week 11, 3-10 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games in November. The over is 7-3 in Lions last 10 games overall and the over is 6-2 in Panthers last 8 games overall.
The Carolina Panthers have bounced back after losses twice this season and have had extra time to prepare for this game after playing last Thrusday. The Detroit Lions are falling apart rather quickly and are being outscord by 13.6 points during their three-game losing streak. The Carolina Panthers have covered five of their last seven games when a favorite of at least three points. The Detroit Lions have failed to cover nine of their last 12 games when an underdog of at least three points. At this point there's no reason to even consider the Lions in their current form, as this club seems to have waved the white flag on the season and the trade of Golden Tate was the cherry on top. The Carolina Panthers should cruise in this contest.